Free Will As­trol­ogy

Take a risk, Capri­corn, says

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Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19)

Aries states­man Thomas Jef­fer­son was the third pres­i­dent of the United States. He wrote one of his­tory’s most fa­mous doc­u­ments, the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. He was an ar­chi­tect, vi­olin­ist, in­ven­tor and lin­guist who spoke nu­mer­ous lan­guages, as well as a philoso­pher who was knowl­edge­able about math­e­mat­ics, sur­vey­ing and hor­ti­cul­ture. But his most laud­able suc­cess came in 1789, when he pro­cured the French recipe for mac­a­roni and cheese while liv­ing in France, and there­after in­tro­duced the dish into Amer­i­can cui­sine. JUST KID­DING! I’m mak­ing this lit­tle joke in the hope that it will en­cour­age you to keep peo­ple fo­cused on your most im­por­tant qual­i­ties and not get dis­tracted by less es­sen­tial parts of you.

Tau­rus (Apr 20-May 20)

In the early 1990s, Aus­tralian elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer John O’Sul­li­van toiled on a re­search project with a team of ra­dio as­tronomers. Their goal was to find ex­plod­ing mini-black holes in the dis­tant voids of outer space. The quest failed. But in the process of do­ing their ex­per­i­ments, they de­vel­oped tech­nol­ogy that be­came a key com­po­nent now used in wifi. Your dig­i­tal de­vices work so well in part be­cause his frus­trat­ing mis­ad­ven­ture led to a happy ac­ci­dent. Ac­cord­ing to my read­ing of your as­tro­log­i­cal omens, Tau­rus, we may soon be able to make a com­pa­ra­ble con­clu­sion about events in your life.

Gem­ini (May 21-Jun 20)

In the fic­tional world cre­ated by DC Comics, Su­per­man has a se­cret iden­tity as a mod­est jour­nal­ist named Clark Kent. Or is it the other way around? Does the mod­est jour­nal­ist Clark Kent have a se­cret iden­tity as the su­per­hero Su­per­man? Only a few peo­ple re­al­ize the two of them are the same. I sus­pect there is an equally small num­ber of al­lies who know who you re­ally are be­neath your “dis­guises,” Gem­ini. But up­com­ing as­tro­log­i­cal omens sug­gest that could change. Are you ready to re­veal more about your true selves? Would you con­sider ex­pand­ing the cir­cle that is al­lowed to see and ap­pre­ci­ate your full range and depth?

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22)

Play­wright Ten­nessee Wil­liams once spent an evening try­ing to coax a de­pressed friend out of his de­pres­sion. It in­spired him to write a poem that be­gan like this: “I want to in­fect you with the tremen­dous ex­cite­ment of liv­ing, be­cause I be­lieve that you have the strength to bear it.” Now I ad­dress you with the same mes­sage, Cance­rian. Judg­ing from the astro- log­i­cal omens, I’m con­vinced you cur­rently have more strength than ever be­fore to bear the tremen­dous ex­cite­ment of liv­ing. I hope this news will en­cour­age you to po­ten­tize your abil­ity to wel­come and em­brace the in­ter­est­ing puz­zles that will come your way in the weeks ahead.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22)

Are you fin­ished deal­ing with spa­cious places and vast vis­tas and ex­pan­sive long­ings? I hope not. I hope you will con­tinue to ex­plore big bold bloom­ing schemes and wild free boom­ing dreams un­til at least April 25. In my as­tro­log­i­cal opin­ion, you have a sa­cred duty to keep out­strip­ping your pre­vi­ous ef­forts. You have a man­date to go fur­ther, deeper and braver as you break out of shrunken ex­pec­ta­tions and push be­yond com­fort­able lim­i­ta­tions. The un­known is still more invit­ing and fer­tile than you can imag­ine.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Be­tween De­cem­ber 5 and 9, 1952, Lon­don was be­set with heavy fog blended with thick smog. Vis­i­bil­ity was low. Traf­fic slowed and events were post­poned. In a few places, peo­ple couldn’t see their own feet. Ac­cord­ing to some re­ports, blind peo­ple, who had a fa­cil­ity for mov­ing around with­out the aid of sight, as­sisted pedes­tri­ans mak­ing their way through the streets. I sus­pect that a metaphor­i­cally com­pa­ra­ble phe­nom­e­non may soon arise in your sphere. Qual­i­ties that might cus­tom­ar­ily be re­garded as li­a­bil­i­ties could at least tem­po­rar­ily be­come as­sets.

Li­bra (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Your al­lies are al­ways im­por­tant, but in the com­ing weeks they will be even more so. I sus­pect they will be your sal­va­tion, your de­liv­er­ance and your trea­sure. So why not treat them like an­gels or celebri­ties? Buy them ice cream and con­cert tick­ets and fun sur­prises. Tell them se­crets about their beauty that no one has ever ex­pressed be­fore. Lis­ten to them in ways that will awaken their dor­mant po­ten­tials. I bet that what you re­ceive in re­turn will in­spire you to be a bet­ter ally to your­self.

Scor­pio (Oct 23-Nov 21)

In the com­ing weeks, I sus­pect you will be able to find what you need in places that are seem­ingly de­void of what you need. You can lo­cate the pos­si­ble in the midst of what’s ap­par­ently im­pos­si­ble. I fur­ther sur­mise that you will sum­mon a re­bel­lious re­source­ful­ness akin to that of Scor­pio writer Al­bert Ca­mus, who said, “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an in­vin­ci­ble love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an in­vin­ci­ble smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an in­vin­ci­ble calm. No mat­ter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s some­thing stronger—some­thing bet­ter, push­ing right back.”

Sagit­tar­ius (Nov 22-Dec 21)

In 1936, Her­bert C. Brown grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in science. His girl­friend Sarah Baylen re­warded him with the gift of a $2 book about the el­e­ments boron and sil­i­con. Both he and she were quite poor; she couldn’t af­ford a more ex­pen­sive gift. Brown didn’t read the book for a while, but once he did, he de­cided to make its sub­ject the core of his own re­search project. Many years later, he won the No­bel Prize in Chem­istry for his dis­cov­er­ies about the role of boron in or­ganic chem­istry. And it all be­gan with that $2 book. I bring this story to your at­ten­tion, Sagit­tar­ius, be­cause I fore­see you, too, stum­bling upon a mod­est be­gin­ning that even­tu­ally yields break­through re­sults.

Capri­corn (Dec 22-Jan 19)

In 20 B.C., Rome’s most fa­mous poet was Quin­tus Ho­ratius Flac­cus, known to us to­day as Ho­race. He prided him­self on his metic­u­lous crafts­man­ship and ad­vised other writ­ers to be equally scrupu­lous. Once you com­pose a poem, he de­clared, you should put it aside for nine years be­fore de­cid­ing whether to pub­lish it. That’s the best way to get proper per­spec­tive on its worth. Per­son­ally, I think that’s too de­mand­ing, although I ap­pre­ci­ate the power that can come from mar­shalling so much con­sci­en­tious­ness. And that brings me to a med­i­ta­tion on your cur­rent state, Capri­corn. From what I can tell, you may be at risk of be­ing too risk-averse; you could be on the verge of wait­ing too long and be­ing too cau­tious. Please con­sider nam­ing a not-too-dis­tant re­lease date.

Aquar­ius (Jan 20-Feb 18)

Luck­ily, you have an in­ven­tive mind and an ap­ti­tude for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. These will be key as­sets as you dream up cre­ative ways to do the hard work ahead of you. Your labours may not come nat­u­rally, but I bet you’ll be sur­prised at how en­gag­ing they’ll be­come and how use­ful the re­wards will be. Here’s a tip on how to en­sure you will cul­ti­vate the best pos­si­ble at­ti­tude: As­sume that you now have the power to change stale pat­terns that have pre­vi­ously been re­sis­tant to change.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)

May I sug­gest that you get a les­son in holy glut­tony from a Tau­rus? Or per­haps pick up some point­ers in en­light­ened self-in­ter­est from a Scor­pio? New po­ten­tial re­sources are avail­able, but you haven’t reeled them in with suf­fi­cient alacrity. Why? Why oh why oh why?! Maybe you should ask your­self whether you’re ask­ing enough. Maybe you should give your­self per­mis­sion to beam with ma­jes­tic self-con­fi­dence. Pic­ture this: Your pos­ture is re­gal, your voice is au­thor­i­ta­tive, your sovereignty is ra­di­ant. You have iden­ti­fied pre­cisely what it is you need and want and you have for­mu­lated a prag­matic plan to get it.

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